A chieftain of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, Dr Umar Ardo has chided the state governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for threatening to probe the past APC-led government in the state, saying that, Fintiri has no moral right to probe Bindo’s APC led administration.
Bindow was the governor of the state until he was defeated in the governorship election held on March 9, 2019. He was roundly beaten by Fintiri, a PDP candidate.
Governor Fintiri had on Wednesday during PDP victory rally said he would soon launch a probe on the immediate past governor of the state, Mohammed Bindow over alleged misappropriation of government funds in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Dr Umar Ardo a PDP chieftain in the state dares the governor that, he can do that only if he purges himself of the same charges against him by waving his constitutional immunity and getting his trial concluded in record time.
Dr. Ardo in a statement mocks that, ’’ I don’t think Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has the moral right to probe his predecessor, or any other person for that matter, on accusations of embezzlement of public funds, especially with a view to recovering the funds, punishing culprits of such acts, preventing future occurrences and setting a record.
‘’ As a sitting governor, he no doubts has the right and powers to do so. But as an accused himself in the court of the same offences, he lacks the moral right, and powers, to do so.
‘’But it also has to be done. And since Gov. Fintiri is keen on doing so, which is good, he can do so only if he purges himself of the same charges against him by waving his constitutional immunity and getting his trial concluded in record time. Only then can his intended probe be seen to be fair, just and meaningful.
‘’To me, anything other than this route tantamount to either deceit, political grandstanding or opposition witch-hunt or all the three, illustrating the pot and kettle fable,’’ he said.
I will step on toes, nothing will stop the probe of Bindow’s administration -Fintiri insists
He stressed that there were findings which revealed that a lot of breaches and mismanagement of government’s funds needed to be looked into.
” The Supreme Court ruling it translates success, victory, unity and development and this is what we have campaigned and that’s why we are still trying to torch the life of our people.
“We are today thanking Allah for reaffirming our victory in the Supreme Court.
” Let me assure you that no matter how big you are, no matter who is your father in the state; if you served the government yesterday and you have embezzled either at state or local government levels, I will soon start to recover the resources of this state that have been embezzled by the immediate administration.
In the meantime, APC in the state and the former governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow are yet to make comment on the governor’s threat.
Source: Naija News